Forum’s success as flooding fades

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MORE than 200 people shared their opinions and picked up some advice at a Flood Forum Roadshow held days after Ryedale was once again threatened by rising river and groundwater levels.

Monday’s one-day event, which was held in Norton, gave people flood 
victims chance to talk about how it has affected them and their families and also gain advice and information on areas such as insurance.

North Yorkshire County Council was also on hand as part of its multi-agency review of recent flooding events which have blighted the area.

“The roadshow was extremely well attended by people from throughout Ryedale,” said Mark Young, the council’s Flood Management Officer who is leading the review into flooding.

He said: “The Malton and Norton area is at risk of all forms of flooding. You have got the river, surface water, ground water and water from water courses – it does represent all these challenges. The emergency response as a result is getting to be one of the best I have seen and the way the agencies are working together.

“There are bits and pieces of infrastructure we want to look at and see if we can make that response even better. Malton will remain at danger of flooding but I am sure we can manage it better as we go along.

Mr Young added: “I think it is important that the public know they are already better protected. The pumps are out earlier, being turned on at the right time and before the floods so there’s some good news in the report about where we are already. However, I am sure there will be recommendations for the future as well.”

Meanwhile, members of Silver Command continued to closely monitor the flooding situation in Ryedale yesterday.

River levels and groundwater levels in the district are continuing to fall with the River Derwent currently standing at 2.52m and groundwater levels starting to fall to 21.42m.

Snow predicted for later in the 
week is not expected to present any significant flooding risk.

“We are continuing to keep a close eye on the situation throughout the district and are ready to respond should conditions suddenly worsen,” said Glyn Payne, North Yorkshire Police’s Scarborough and Ryedale Safer Neighbourhood Commander.

“Silver Command will remain in place until we are satisfied that the risk of flooding has reduced substantially. Until then, we will be on hand to help and reassure the local community.”

Silver Command group will meet again today with members remaining on standby should conditions deteriorate.

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